When Trident Reach approached the Branston Court team in search of office space to house their Youth Promise Plus initiative, we knew right away that we shared the same values. Much like ourselves, helping others is at the heart of what they do. While we may only help small businesses by providing them with a home in which to grow and flourish, on a much larger scale Trident help vulnerable young people to do the same through their mentorship and support programmes.
The Youth Promise Plus team make it their mission to get young people, aged 15-29 who have been affected by homelessness, into employment and training. With Birmingham’s homelessness problem reaching its peak last year, with 12,000 people sleeping rough in 2017 alone – it’s easy to see why organisations like Trident are so desperately needed.
After learning all about the important services Trident’s Youth Promise Plus provides to the youth of the West Midlands, from training programmes to helping vulnerable young people get back into employment, we knew right away that we wanted to help and offered them a large unit at the front of our Branston Court offices to house their growing team at a reduced rate to help get them started. Little did we know we were about to enter into a true partnership that would go on to touch the lives of young people in need.
Matt Peniket, the Senior Intervention Worker at Youth Promise Plus, recounts on their first weeks at Branston: “When we first secured our office at Branston Court we were a much smaller operation and needed a stable space to hold meetings with service users. Adrian and the team here were a huge help with our setup and they couldn’t have done enough to welcome us in. We didn’t even have furniture at first as our move happened quite quickly, upon hearing about our predicament the team lent us chairs and desks until we could get sorted with our own.”
After quickly settling into life at Branston Court and taking on a team of 7, it wasn’t long before the festive period had rolled round. The Trident team were eager to do something nice for the children over at Deeland’s Hall in Rubery, an area in the West Midlands hit hardest by poverty. “Where these children are usually lucky to just have the basic food and shelter they need, we wanted them to have what other more fortunate kids get to enjoy at Christmas time and so decided to take some presents down to them at a Christmas party we’d organised over at Deeland’s Hall.” says Outreach Worker, Carlo Tomlin.
In a bid to get as much exposure for the project as possible Carlo instantly thought of asking UrbanWorkSpace to help spread the message to their impressive network of businesses. “Christmas can be an especially difficult time for those struggling with poverty, we just wanted to do something nice for the children of Rubery and needed as much support as possible.” Carlo recalls, “As soon as we told Adrian what we were trying to do, he immediately got in touch with the other UrbanWorkSpace Directors who then also rallied round to help.”
In addition to a cash donation, the UrbanWorkSpace team and other businesses within Branston Court contributed all sorts of gifts from mp3 players and WiFi speakers to toys and selection boxes which made the children of Rubery’s Christmas extra special.
Branston Court’s Site Manager, Adrian Pountney, had this to say “We care about the wider impact UrbanWorkSpace has on our local community so whenever we get the opportunity to make a difference, we don’t hesitate to do what we can. That’s why we were quick to help Youth Promise Plus with their donations for the Deeland’s event. It means so much to us to have had a part to play in the excellent work that the YPP team do.”
The Deeland’s community event was a great success and since then the Youth Promise Plus has gained popularity on a massive scale. Having completed 50 young people’s initiatives since moving in on the 1st of July 2017 and even seeing some of their service users flourish into fully fledged YPP staff, the impact Trident Reach’s Youth Promise Plus has had on the vulnerable youth of Birmingham has been immeasurable.
“We couldn’t recommend Branston Court enough to any charities on the lookout for an office,” says Peniket, “we wouldn’t have been able to achieve nearly as much without the help of UrbanWorkSpace. When YPP needed a place for our young people to come in and have meetings, Adrian and his team went above and beyond to ensure we had a friendly, accessible environment to bring our service users and volunteers.
They’ve not only put a roof over our heads which has allowed us to grow but they’ve also provided valuable support at every opportunity.”